Some of the best festivals and celebrations in Music City take place during the month of October. To simplify the search for the ‘best of the best,' here is a list of five top October events in Nashville, TN.
Put on some comfortable shoes and get ready to soak in the suds and festivities spanning 10 city blocks at the 40th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest from October 10-13th. Not only is this festival sizable, but the attendance annually is estimated at more than a quarter-million people! While delicious German foods and world-class local beers are certainly highlights of Oktoberfest, there's something here to delight everyone—including the kiddos.
Plenty of live music will keep the good times and dancing rolling, and the Dachshund Derby and Annual Pup Parade will put the entertainment in the paws of participants. Competitions include the Annual 5K Bier Run and the Bratwurst Eating Contest. This year, the kid's area will feature storytellers, performers, inflatable rompers and much more.
Nashville Cultural Festival
Attendees at Centennial Park will revel in the diversity of the community at the Nashville Cultural Festival on October 5th. This vibrant event provides numerous opportunities to experience various cultures through food, song, dance and intercultural dialogue. From fusion, blues and Aztec performers, there will be authentic festivities for everyone.
Kids can enjoy hands-on activities and there is also a special area just for teens. Local vendors will bring exotic menus with flavors from around the world, and the marketplace is a colorful collection of unique, worldly goods. The Nashville Cultural Festival is free to the public.
Breakaway Music Festival Nashville
The Breakaway Music Festival will be landing for a second year in Nashville at the city's fairgrounds on October 11-12th. This two-day event is known for showcasing top artists today within the trap, electronica, EDM, hip hop, rap and other chart-smashing genres of today. Beyond the live acts, there will a number of internationally recognized DJs throughout the weekend.
Friday Lineup: Future, Lil Baby, Shallou, Emogee, Fisher, Gashi, Chris Jobe & More!
Saturday Lineup: Kaskade, Bryce Vine, Ekali, Kid Quill, Zeds Dead, Chris Lake, CVBZ & More!
Plenty of vendors for food, beverages, and souvenirs will be onsite in addition to a silent disco tent. Break away from the norm at the Breakaway Music Festival in Nashville.
Nashville's Halloween Pooch Parade
Nothing is more delightful than youngsters and pooches on parade, and the Halloween Pooch Parade returns to Nashville on October 26th. Hosted at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and the Museum of Art, this family friendly Halloween event entails a day filled with fun frights, sweet treats and spooky activities. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and hit the trails for trick-or-treating in the Color Garden. There will be art- and science-related activities with Halloween themes, a pumpkin house photo booth, with the highlight definitely being the afternoon pooch parade.
Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash
Known as the original home of country music, the Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash will celebrate its 94th birthday this year on October 4-5th. Prepare to see a star-packed house and loads of free music in the Opry Plaza, backstage tours, autograph opportunities and a festival-like picnic zone. Bring along some grub or check out the food trucks onsite. Games such as bingo occur daily, and this weekend-long birthday bash is one of the most popular October events in Nashville. Book your tickets early!
With so many thrilling events going on, October is the perfect time to visit Nashville, TN—unless you are already lucky enough to call Music City your home.
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